Kathryn Waters is a Professor of Art at the University of Southern Indiana, where she has taught since fall of 1981. She teaches courses in painting and conducts the Senior Art Seminar. She served as Department Chair from 1985 – 1995 and 2001 – 2007. In 2009 she was appointed the first Director of the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries on the USI campus.
Ms. Waters earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting from Ohio University and a Bachelor's degree in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is the recipient of a number of awards for her creative work, including a Midwest National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting, the Clowes Fellowship in Painting at the Vermont Studio Center, two Indiana Arts Commission Master Fellowships, and was the 2004 recipient of the Artist of the Year Award at the Mayor's Arts Awards sponsored by the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. She has been selected for artist residencies at Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia, and the Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. She has taught at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England, and was granted a USI Faculty Research and Creative Work Award to conduct creative research there in 2009.
Her drawings and paintings have been exhibited widely at the national and regional level, and appear in many corporate, university, museum, and private collections. In January 2000 she participated in the exhibition, "Matter, Mind, Spirit: 12 Contemporary Indiana Women Artists" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. She describes her work as "narrative realism" and, in it, strives to capture ordinary moments and imbue them with significance.